Pregnancy & Labour Preparation Acupuncture

First Trimester

Firstly, congratulations! 

Pregnancy is a precious time, however for some, it may have been a long journey to get to this point and may be filled with mixed emotions of both excitement and anxiety. 

 

Stress/anxiety - During the first 12 weeks the incidence of miscarriage is at its highest and stress itself is a risk factor for miscarriage. We recommend weekly acupuncture treatments to relieve stress/anxiety and to help you relax during this special time. 

Morning sickness & nausea - The most common complaint in the first trimester is

nausea which may occur at any time, day or night and may be accompanied with vomiting. It is uncomfortable and can debilitating. Acupuncture treatment is aimed at strengthening the energetic function of the digestive system and correcting any underlying disharmonies, and is an effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy.

Physical complaints - We also treat other common ailments that crop up; these include:​

  • Headaches

  • Constipation

  • Fatigue

  • Heart-burn and indigestion

 

Second & third Trimester

During the second trimester appointments tend to be less frequent unless issues arise.

During the third trimester, as your body continues to expand and change to support your

growing baby, many women experience aches and pains and other pregnancy related

complaints. Acupuncture is commonly used to address issues such as:

 

Labour preparation & Induction

 

Ideally we suggest weekly treatments from 34 weeks to help prepare you physically and emotionally and to improve your stamina for the task ahead!

Treatments aim at reducing time spent in labour, lessening the rate of medical interventions, preventing breech and overdue deliveries and giving you the optimal opportunity for a spontaneous and uncomplicated birth. 

Acupuncture may assist by:

  • Engaging the baby in the pelvis - optimal baby positioning assists with a smooth delivery

  • Softening of the cervix - Acupuncture increases oxytocin which softens the cervix, leading to cervical dilation which assists with progression of the birth. 

  • Preparing the uterus for birth

 

Beyond the Birth


“The emotional labor pains of becoming a mother are far greater than the physical pangs of birth; these are the growing surges of your heart as it pushes out selfishness and fear and makes room for sacrifice and love. It is a private and silent birth of the soul, but it is no less holy than the event of childbirth— perhaps even more sacred.” - Joy Kusek

 

Caring for a newborn can be overwhelming and physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting. 

Post-birth, mothers can be left depleted of blood and Qi (vital energy). Your baby relies entirely on you, so restoring your health is fundamental. 

Treatments are highly recommended during this important recuperative stage time to:

©2019 by Tree of Vida Acupuncture.